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Jun 30, 2020 Samuel Merrill
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Samuel Merrill diaries, 1799-1845. [s.l. : s.n.] 188 pages : 29 cm. Transcription copy, housed in a loose leaf binder. An introductory essay in the binder reads: " Samuel Merrill who kept this diary from 1799 to 1844 was born in Buxton and came to Biddeford at the age of 23 when he bought 3 mills of Samuel Bradbury on the Biddeford shore of  the Saco River from about Elm Street to Thacher's Creek. One of the mills was a saw mill, another a grist mill, the third a fulling mill. Two years...
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, diaries, 18th century history, business, death, birth, vital...
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Apr 30, 2020 Biddeford High School
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The Olympian [Biddeford, Maine] [Biddeford, Maine : Biddeford High School] 10 pages : 23 cm. Volume 1, number 2. Published January 1900. The Olympian was "a literary monthly published by the students of Biddeford High School." From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, Biddeford High School, BHS, Olympian, school newspapers, school...
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Apr 8, 2020 City of Biddeford
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City of Biddeford Annual Report for 1855-6. [Biddeford : Union and Journal] 24 pages : 18 cm. "Annual Reports of the School Committee, Committees of City Council, and MUNICIPAL OFFICERS of the City of Biddeford, for 1855-6." Printed at the Union and Journal Office, Central Block, 1856. Includes graphs and tables. This is the first annual report after Biddeford became a city in 1855.
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, city reports, annual reports, school reports, 19th century
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Apr 6, 2020 L.O. Cowan and A.A. Hanscom
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1849 Saco and Biddeford Directory [Saco : L.O. Cowan and A.A. Hanscom] 102 pages : 18 cm. "Saco and Biddeford Directory : containing historical and statistical information, names, residences, and occupations of the inhabitants, business cards, &c. Published by L.O. Cowan and A.A. Hanscom Publishers and Printers, Saco, 1849." This was the first city directory ever published for both Saco and Biddeford. From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine,...
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, city directories, genealogy, 19th century, local history
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Apr 1, 2020 Dane Yorke
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A History and Stories of Biddeford by Dane Yorke [Biddeford, Me. : McArthur Public Library] 165 pages : 28 cm. INCLUDES INDEX. Illustrated, maps. This work was originally printed in 3 volumes under the titles "An introduction to Biddeford's History and a Chronological Outline of Events" in 1944, "Stories and Legends of Old Biddeford: Part I" in 1945-46, and "Stories and Legends of Old Biddeford: Part II" in 1946. Dane Yorke was an accomplished historian and the...
Topics: Biddeford history, Biddeford, Maine history, McArthur Public Library, Dane Yorke, local history
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Mar 31, 2020 Biddeford High School
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The Olympian [Biddeford, Maine] [Biddeford, Maine : Biddeford High School] 10 pages : 23 cm. Volume 1, number 1. Published December 15, 1899. The Olympian was "a literary monthly published by the students of Biddeford High School." From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, Biddeford High School, BHS, Olympian, school newspapers, school...
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Jun 18, 2019 Biddeford Historical and Archive Society
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Program for "Liberty Defended; or, an Answer to Great Britain, 1774". [Biddeford, Me. : Biddeford Historical Society] 7 pages : 23 cm. Program of a play written and directed by David A. De Turk, "first presented to the public at Biddeford, Maine, on July 27, 1974, on the two hundreth anniversary of the origianl July 30th meeting to protest the Boston Port Act. [...] Sponsored by the Biddeford Historical and Archive Society as part of the American Bicentennial." 
Topics: Biddeford Historical Society, Biddeford Historical and Archive Society, Biddeford history, Maine...
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Mar 14, 2019 Elizabeth B. Littlefield
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Lizzie Littlefield Diary (1888-1895) [Biddeford, Me.] 141 pages : 21 cm. Diary of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Littlefield (1841-1928), who worked in the Laconia and Pepperell mills and around New England. She was married to Hartley Littlefield (d.1917) in 1869, but lived apart from him for most of their married life. Mrs. Littlefield lived most of her life in Biddeford, but lived with friends in Saco for the last few years of her life, having no close relatives; she died in Saco at the age of 87. The...
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, mill girls, textile mills, mills, industry, New England, women,...
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Mar 5, 2018 Pepperell Manufacturing Company
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Pepperell's "Play It Safe" Comic Book. [Boston : Pepperell Manufacturing Company] 16 pages : 28 cm. Comic book showcasing the popular safety comics drawn for the Pepperell Manufacturing Company Safety Committee by Jack Bliss. John "Jack" Bliss' comics appeared regularly in the Pepperell Sheet newsletter, covering a variety of safety topics both at home and in the cotton textile mills. Bliss also drew popular advertisements for Wrigley Chewing Gum in the 1920's and 1930's.
Topics: Pepperell Sheet newsletter, Maine history, Biddeford history, Pepperell Manufacturing Company, art,...
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Jan 31, 2018 George K. Gibbs
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George K. Gibbs notebook Circa 1881; 22 cm. Notebook of George K. Gibbs, who worked for Pepperell Manufacturing Co. for 60 years and was Superintendent for 38 years, from 1881-1919. This notebook was made up by him when he took office in 1881, and shows Pepperell equipment as it was then. Gift of his son, Payson Gibbs. Illustrations. From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA - (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Jan 23, 2018 Joseph W.P. Frost
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Sir William Pepperell, Bart. (1696-1759): His Britannic Majesty's Obedient Servant of Piscataqua , by Joseph W.P. Frost, Member of the Newcomen Society, Kittery Point, Maine; with an introduction by Allyn B. McIntire; illustrated by Cecile Newbold. [New York : Newcomen Society in North America] 44 pages : 23 cm. From inside cover: "This Newcomen Address, dealing with the life and work and times of Sir William Pepperell, Bart. (1696-1759) and with his manifold contributions to Northern New...
Topics: Newcomen Society addresses, Maine history, Biddeford history, Pepperell Manufacturing Company,...
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Jan 23, 2018 Pepperell Manufacturing Company
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Lady Pepperell's Thrift Book; and A Guide to Restocking Your Linen Room [Boston : Pepperell Manufacturing Company] 40 pages : 23 cm. "Edited by Lady Pepperell". Handbook for homemakers on the use of Pepperell products. Contents: Where our cotton comes from -- Weaves and dyes -- The "Ifs & Ands" of Laundering -- Money well worth saving -- How to choose sheets -- Buying to please men -- How to buy for baby -- Gossip on the dress question. Illustrated with both photographs...
Topics: cotton products, cotton marketing, textile industry, 20th century homemaking, thriftiness, home...
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Jan 23, 2018 Pepperell Manufacturing Company
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Our Greatest Industry [Boston : Pepperell Manufacturing Company] 44 pages : 14 cm. From front cover: "Our Greatest Industry - a story in pictures illustrating how cotton cloth is made." Informational booklet describes the industrial process of cotton textile production from start to finish. Almost full page black and white photographs show machinery and cotton stages, accompanied by brief captions describing the process step-by-step. Lists of types of cloth produced and examples of...
Topics: Pepperell Manufacturing Company, textile industry, manufacturing, cotton, photographs
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Jan 23, 2018 Pepperell Manufacturing Company
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Views of the Mills of the Pepperell Manufacturing Company [Boston : Pepperell Manufacturing Company] 52 pages : 14 cm. From the front cover: "Where Pepperell fabrics are made. This book is divided into five sections-one for each of the plants of the Pepperell Manufacturing Company. Each section shows a number of photographs of the machinery and equipment contained in these various plants." Mills at Biddeford, Maine; Fall River, Mass.; Lindale, Ga.; and Opelika, Ala. Finishing plant at...
Topics: Pepperell Manufacturing Company, textile industry, manufacturing, Biddeford-Maine history, cotton,...
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Mar 23, 2017 Spencer, Francis T.
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The Underground Canals of Biddeford [s.n. : s.l.] 14 pages : 28 cm. Historical essay of the massive underground canal system built in Biddeford in the mid-19th century to power the Pepperell and Laconia textile mills. Includes photographs and maps. Written by Francis Spencer, the inventor of Vellux and one of the main figures in 20th century history of the textile industry in Biddeford, Maine. [Written circa 2000]  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine,...
Topics: canals, power canals, water power, manufacturing, Maine history, Biddeford history, textile...
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Jun 30, 2016 Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine Company
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Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine Company (Biddeford, Maine), 1865. [s.l. : s.n.] 4 pages : 28 cm. An advertising brochure or pamphlet for Shaw & Clark Sewing Machines, which were manufactured in Biddeford, Maine. Includes information about company and patents, as well as  a page of testimonials from around the United States and Canada, dated 1864. Illustrated.  From Biddeford History collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, manufacturing, manufactures, business, companies, sewing,...
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Jun 28, 2016 Jordan, Mrs. George V.
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Transcript of a Diary of a voyage from New Orleans to St. Petersburg, as kept by Mrs. G. V. Jordan, 1838. [No publisher] 16 pages The Diary of Mrs. George V. Jordan, wife of Captain G. V. Jordan of the Barque Clement on a voyage from New Orleans to St. Petersburg, Russia. Copied from the original diary which was found in an old sea desk by Judge Harry B. Ayer (of Biddeford, Maine). Typed by Mary Carpenter Kelley of Alfred, Maine, June 17, 1935 - Jan. 14, 1937. From Biddeford history collections...
Topics: diaries, sea voyages, sea captains wives, Maine history, Jordan family, sailing, travel narratives
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Jun 28, 2016 Stinchfield, Ephraim (1761-1837)
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Cochranism Delineated, 1819. [Boston : Hews + Goss] 16 pages : 23 cm. Subtitle: "A description of and specific for, a religious hydrophobia : which has spread and is still spreading in a number of towns in the counties of York and Cumberland, District of Maine." This pamphlet is a contemporary account of the Jacob Cochrane movement, a religious cult or free-love movement that was active in southern Maine in the early part of the 19th century. From Biddeford history collections -...
Topics: Cochranism, Jacob Cochrane, Free Brethren and Sisters Society, Free love movement, free love,...
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Sep 29, 2015 Saco-Lowell Shops
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A Chronicle of Textile Machinery, 1824-1924 [Boston : Saco-Lowell Shops] 83 pages : 28 cm. Issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Saco-Lowell Shops, a New England machine shop concern dedicated to producing machines used in the manufacture of textiles. Illustrated; includes portraits of company founders and executives as well as industrial buildings around the world where the machinery was used.   From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA...
Topics: History, Industrial history, Maine, Biddeford - Maine, Saco - Maine, Lowell - Massachusetts, Newton...
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Aug 21, 2015 Biddeford High School
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Biddeford High School. Report for summer term, 1868. [Biddeford, Me. : Maine Democrat Job Printing] 3 pages : 22 cm. Report for all the summer term students at the Biddeford High School in 1868. Includes the materials studied by the Advanced, Senior, Middle and Junior classes, as well as statistics for the term. Students ranked on attendance, deportment, scholarship, and merit cards.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, schools, Biddeford High School, report cards, education, students
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Aug 21, 2015 Biddeford High School Alumni Association
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Biddeford High School. Teachers and Graduates, from 1848 to 1888. [Biddeford, Me. : Illuminator Print] 6 pages : 12 cm. This small pamphlet was printed in 1887 to advertise and solicit membership for a newly formed Biddeford High School Alumni Association. The outside covers are of thick paper board, with edging painted in pink and gold.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org) 
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, Biddeford High School, B.H.S., Biddeford Alumni Association,...
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Jan 8, 2015 City of Biddeford
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Souvenir of Biddeford (Maine) Centennial 1855-1955: First Century Under City Charter. [Biddeford, Me. : City of Biddeford] 60 pages : 23 cm. Souvenir pamphlet created to mark the city's Centennial celebration, July 29-31, 1955. Commemorates 100th anniversary of city charter, and gives a brief history of Biddeford, which was settled in 1630. Richly illustrated with photographs and etchings; shows numerous important city buildings including schools, hospitals, businesses, residences, churches and...
Topics: Maine history, Biddeford history, centennial, buildings, blocks, Biddeford Pool, schools,...
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May 16, 2014 Jeffrey, William H., ed. and Estelle M. Tatterson
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Souvenir of the Biddeford Public Schools, 1901. [Biddeford, Me. : Riverside Press.] 56 pages : 15.5 cm., illustrated. This work contains a history of Biddeford public schools up to 1901, plus brief memorials to educators Thomas Emery and Harry Tatterson. It includes a full roster of students, teachers, administrators and school officials for Biddeford in 1901. It also includes portraits of all of the teachers, administrators, school officials and school buildings. Finally it contains samplers...
Topics: Maine history, Biddeford history, biographies, portraits, teachers, schools, students, school boards
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Jan 17, 2014 Biddeford High School
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Dedication Program of the Biddeford High School Annex Biddeford, Maine : Biddeford Record 16 pages : 23 cm. Program from the ceremony dedicating the newly built annex of the Biddeford High School, Alfred Street, which took place March 5, 1926. Designed by Krokyn & Browne, Architects, Boston, Massachusetts. Built by J.A. Benoit, Contractor, Biddeford, Maine. Includes members of the Building Committee, dedication program, and a brief historical sketch written by Superintendent of Schools C.A....
Topics: Maine history, Biddeford history, Biddeford High School, buildings, architecture
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May 7, 2013 Jefferson Street Baptist Church
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Directory - Jefferson Street Baptist Church (Biddeford, Maine) 1926; 23 cm. Directory of members of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church, Biddeford, Maine for 1926. Contains images of the church, parsonage, and pastor. Also lists church officers, building history, and church history. Also many advertisements placed by businesses and individuals from Biddeford and surrounding areas.  From Biddeford church history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA...
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, Free Will Baptist, church history, architecture, buildings
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Apr 8, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 9) Circa 1850-1875; 21 cm. Engineering notebook; cover has "#8" written on it. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables. NOTE: Notebook used from both ends; information in back half of book intermittently appears upside down and backwards due to this.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Apr 8, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 8) Circa 1853-1884; 20 cm. Engineering notebook; cover has "# 6" written on it. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables.  NOTES: Entries made from both ends of notebook (entries in rear of notebook will appear upside down and backwards). Block of 30 empty pages near middle not scanned - a notation in brackets made by scanner marks the location of the omission. From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford,...
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Apr 8, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 7) Circa 1850-1883; 21 cm. Engineering notebook; cover has "# 5" written on it. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables. From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)  
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Apr 8, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 6) Circa 1849-1852;  18 cm. Engineering notebook; cover has "No. 4" written on it; some work can be positively attributed to Thomas Quinby. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)  
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Apr 8, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 5) Circa 1848; 19 cm.   Engineering notebook; cover has "No. 3" written on it. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Mar 15, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 4) Circa 1875; 16 cm.   Engineering notebook; cover has "Ossipee Levels" written on it. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Mar 15, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 3) 1843-1852; 15 cm. Engineering notebook; front cover and front flyleaf are glued together and cannot be scanned without damaging the paper. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Mar 15, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 2) Circa 1888-1908; 17 cm. Engineering notebook, information gathered spans approximately the years 1888 through 1908. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables.  From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, 20th...
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Mar 13, 2013 Saco Water Power Company
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Saco Water Power Company engineering notebook (No. 1) Circa 1848;  19 cm. Engineering notebook; cover has "No. 1" written on it. Illustrations, equations, notes, tables. From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)   
Topics: Biddeford history, Maine history, textile industry, Saco River, engineering, 19th century, water...
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Biddeford, Saco, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport souvenir, 1907. [s.l. : s.n.] 62 pages : 31 cm . This work contains descriptions and images of buildings, organizations and individuals from Biddeford, Saco, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Maine (U.S.A.) at the turn of the 20th century. From Biddeford history collections - McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, USA (www.mcarthurlibrary.org)
Topics: Maine history, Biddeford history, Saco history, Kennebunk history, Kennebunkport history,...
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May 23, 2012 W.A. Greenough & Co.
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"Biddeford and Saco directory of the Inhabitants, Business Firms, Institutions, Manufactures, Societies, Streets, with Map, Etc."
Topics: Biddeford, Saco, Maine, City Directories, Old Orchard Beach, Biddeford Pool, Camp Ellis, Ocean...